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Medregal (SS-480) (AGSS-480)

Radio Call Sign: November - Yankee - Echo - Alpha

Tench Class Submarine: Laid down, 21 August 1944, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, on Seavey Island in Kittery, Maine. Launched, 15 December 1944; Commissioned USS Medregal (SS-480), 14 April 1945; Converted to a snorkel-type submarine at Charleston, SC, March to November 1952; Reclassified Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-480), On 17 June 1957 Medregal entered Charleston Naval Shipyard for conversion to a missile-guidance submarine. She completed overhaul 22 November (DANFS). She was re-designated Auxiliary Research Submarine (AGSS-480) on 1 May 1967 (Friedman, Bauer) and SS-480 on 1 October 1969 (Friedman, Bauer).Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1970; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 13 June 1972 to Nicolai Joffe Co., Beverly Hills, CA for $ 83,710.00 & scrapped in San Pedro, CA.
Partial data submitted by Ron Reeves (of blessed memory) & Yves Hubert.

As built to the specifications: Displacement, Surfaced: 1,570 t., Submerged: 2,414 t.; Length 311' 8"; Beam 27' 4"; Draft 15' 3"; Speed, Surfaced 20.25 kts, Submerged 8.75 kts; Cruising Range, 11,000 miles surfaced at 10kts; Submerged Endurance, 48 hours at 2kts; Operating Depth, 400 ft; Complement 7 Officers 69 Enlisted; Armament, ten 21" torpedo tubes, six forward, four aft, 24 torpedoes, one 5"/25 deck gun, two 20mm guns, two .30 cal. machine guns; Patrol Endurance 75 days; Propulsion, diesel-electric reduction gear with four Fairbanks Morse main generator engines, 5,400HP, Fuel Capacity, 113,510 gal., two Elliot Motor Co. main motors with 2,740HP, two 126-cell main storage batteries, two propellers.

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Medregal 100k Medregal, Seriola fasciata. Photo courtesy of
Medregal 611k Medregal (SS-480) is spawned on 15 December 1944 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. USN photo # 80-G-448562 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Medregal16kCommemorative postal cover on the occasion of Medregal's (SS-480) launching, 15 December 1944 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Medregal26kCommemorative launch day badge from Medregal's (SS-480) launching, 15 December 1944.Courtesy of James A Munroe in remembrance of his father Raymond L. Munroe Sr. who worked at the yard during WW II & Korean wars as a chauffeur.
Medregal 672k Commissioning of Medregal (SS-480) at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H. Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, USN, addressing officers and crew, 14 April 1945.USN photo # 80-G-318425 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Medregal 383k Captain Clifford H. Roper (USN) reading the commissioning order at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H., 14 April 1945.USN photo # 80-G-318426 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Medregal 452k Comdr. William M. Wright reading his orders to officers & crew of the Medregal (SS-480) on 14 April 1945.USN photo # 80-G-318427 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Medregal 647k The officers of the Medregal (SS-480) pose for this unsmiling photo on 14 April 1945.USN photo # 80-G-318428 from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland, courtesy of Sean Hert.
Medregal51k Medregal (SS-480) circa WW II photo.USN photo.
480, 343  & 34783kMedregal (SS-480), Clamagore (SS-343) & Cubera (SS-347), at Key West in 1948.Courtesy of Jack Treutle (of blessed memory).
Medregal160kThe Medregal (SS-480) was overhauled at the Charleston Shipyard in 1952. The overhaul was completed three weeks ahead of schedule despite the addition of a Snorkel system. USN photo courtesy of Robert Hall.
Medregal 369k "Work in connection with fire on Medregal (SS-480), 1 October 1952. Part of a 21 photo series depicting work done at Charleston Shipyard.Photo courtesy of Lowcountry Digital Library
Medregal451kThe Medregal (SS-480) still sports a deck gun, 17 February 1953.USN photo # USN 477652 courtesy of Scott Koen &
NR Navy Ships Department Shows It Really Can Live Up To Motto, "Doing The Difficult"
THOMAS J. CRUTCHFIELD, shipfitter, left, relaxes while Charles Hockenberry (center), and Peter Peronne welders, make necessary repairs on the pressure hull of the Medregal (SS-480), submarine stationed here.
Official U.S. Navy Photo.
Image and text provided by University of Florida.
Photo & text by The Key West Citizen. [volume] (Key West, Fla.) 1879-current, 23 December 1953, Image 10, via
Medregal184kSubmarine races between the Medregal (SS-480) & the Marlin (SST-2), circa mid 1950's.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Medregal726kFrom left to right: Mackerel (SST-1), unknown, Medregal (SS-480), Batfish (SS-310) & Chivo (SS-341) at Key West, 1955.Courtesy of John Hummel, USN (Retired).
Medregal156kMedregal (SS-480) underway, Pacific Ocean, 1961.USN photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, courtesy of Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)
Bluegill 1.80 Sub base Pearl Harbor, 1962. From L to R: Bream (SS-243),Bluegill (SS-242), Bashaw (SS-241), Medregal (SS-480) & Blackfin (SS-322) with Coucal (ASR-8), alongside.
Tunny (AGS-282) and Barbero (SS-317) are possibly the two nearest foreground boats.
Photo i.d. courtesy of John Hummel & Robert Morgan.
Photo courtesy of Rick Connole, son of Commander David R. Connole,K.I.A. while commanding the Trigger (SS-237), lost with the entire crew of 89 on 28 March 1945.
Medregal71kStarboard side view of the Medregal (SS-480) underway, circa 1960's.USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
267kHelo emergency landing on Medregal (SS-480). The HSS-1 Seabat in the picture is from HS-4, attached to Yorktown CVS-10 sometime between 1960 and 1964.Photo & text i.d. courtesy of Edwin Page.
USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Plaice & Medregal 138k Plaice (SS-390) & Medregal (SS-480) at Pearl Harbor, circa early 1960's. USN photo courtesy of
Medregal63kMedregal (SS-480) underway, Pacific Ocean,.USN photo from
Pomodon 248k Medregal (SS-480) underway, off Hawaii. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Pomodon 565k Medregal (SS-480) blazes a trail across the waters (due to too much brightness). USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Medregal121kOn 13 July 1965 Medregal (SS-480) was in a collision with a freighter while submerged in the South China Sea. Returned to Subic Bay for repairs. Extensive damage was done to the sail, all periscopes and snorkel system were completely inoperative. After patched up in Subic Bay, returned to Pearl Harbor for a short while then to Mare Island, Vellejo, Calif. for major repairs. Arrived back in Pearl Harbor late December 1965. Text courtesy of
USN photo # 69642 1965-9-10, courtesy of San Francisco Archives, Mare Island Navy Yard Ship Files via Tracy White @
Pomodon 361k Medregal (SS-480) is spelled with two E's, but only one appears. USN photo courtesy of Scott Koen &
Medregal101kMedregal (SS-480) decommissioning ceremony, 1 August 1970.USN photo from
Pomodon 361k View of the decommissioning of the three submarines at Mare Island on 1 August 1970.
Left to right: Pomodon (SS-486), and Medregal (SS-480) outboard of Segundo (SS-398).
Photo # 99510-8-70 TH, courtesy of Mare Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
Segundo 426k The colors are lowered for the final time aboard Segundo (SS-398) with Medregal (SS-480) outboard. Photo # 99514-8-70 TH, courtesy of Mare Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via Darryl L. Baker.
MINSY430k Seven inactive submarines at Mare Island on 30 April 1971.
Left to right: Cusk (SS-348), Rock (AGSS-274), Bashaw (SS-241), Spinax (SSR-489), Pomodon (SS-486), Medregal (SS-480), and Diodon (SS-349).
Photo by Ted Stone and negative given to the shipyard in 1995.
USN photo courtesy of Darryl L. Baker.

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